Community service is something William Lane Powell IV, 14, has never taken for granted and, as a Boy Scout, has always been part of his young life.
Finally, all the hard work and service Powell has put in over the years is paying off, as he prepares to celebrate his promotion to the rank of Eagle Scout on March 1.
Powell began his journey as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 274 in Heights in 2005.
“When he was a Tiger Cub at the age of 6, he came home and said ‘I’m going to be an Eagle Scout,’ and he has never dropped off from that at all,” Powell’s mother, Marlene, said.
In fifth grade, Powell was a Webelo Scout and earned the highest award possible, the Arrow of Light. He then bridged up to Boy Scouts where he joined Longhorn Council Troop 255, his mom said.
Powell earned his Tenderfoot rank in July 2010, followed by his 2nd Class and 1st Class ranks later that year. He became a Star Scout in September 2011 and a Life Scout in March 2012.
The Eagle Board of Review approved the promotion in December.
“It was pretty intense,” Powell said. “I had pretty much fumbled through the last step, the board of review, and I really didn’t think I would get it, so it surprised and shocked me they passed me.”
Eight Scouts from Troop 255 were promoted late last year, and Scoutmaster Harold Clipper said they are already preparing to promote three more.
“We give the boys the chance to excel and they excel on their own, as long as we give them the correct guidance,” he said, adding that Powell is an outstanding scout.
“He does an excellent job of leading, and I think that also has a lot to contribute to his parents and his upbringing.”
To reach Eagle Scout status, Powell had to do “a lot of community service,” a community project and learn basic Scout skills like first aid, swimming and knot tying, he said. He enjoyed facilitating a book sale with Friends of the Library as part of his community service.
“It was a book sale where we gathered a bunch of books that the library was going to dispose of and sold as many of them as we could,” Powell said. “All the profits went back to communities and libraries around the world.”
As an Eagle Scout, Powell oversees about 40 other scouts.
“Now that I’m an Eagle, I just want to help other people obtain the rank and help other people serve their community,” he said.
Powell, an Eastern Hills Middle School student, said he plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and pursue a career in the Army.